Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker must stem the tide of the raging Clone Wars and forge a new bond as Jedi Knights. After an explosion devastates Cato Neimoidia, the jewel of the Trade Federation, the Republic is blamed and the fragile neutrality of the planet is threatened. The Jedi dispatch Obi-Wan Kenobi, one of the Order's most gifted diplomatic minds, to investigate the crime and maintain the balance that has begun to dangerously shift. Amid the brewing chaos, Anakin Skywalker rises to the rank of Jedi Knight. Despite the mandate that Obi-Wan travel alone - and his former master's insistence that he listen this time - Anakin's headstrong determination means nothing can stop him from crashing the party, and bringing along a promising but conflicted youngling. The two knights must learn a new way to work together-and they must learn quickly, to save Cato Neimoidia and its people from the fires of war.